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Pain measurement tools for nurses: how to choose the right one

Assessing acute and chronic pain can be difficult, particularly in patients with dementia or communication issues. Find out which tools can aid nursing practice

Assessing acute and chronic pain can be difficult, particularly in patients with dementia or communication issues. Find out which tools can aid nursing practice

What is pain?

According to the British Pain Society (BPS) , pain is ‘an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage or described in terms of such damage’. Assessing and managing pain are essential components of nursing practice .

How many people are affected by pain? And are there different types?

Almost 10 million people experience pain almost daily, says the BPS . Acute pain is defined as short-term, lasting less than 12 weeks, while chronic or persistent pain lasts more

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